The grandson of John Tyler, the 10th POTUS, is still alive

Posted By on December 18, 2022

It took a little research, but the thought of the 10th President of the United States still having a living grandson alive today seemed … well, unbelievable. Mentally, I worked the numbers … and then had to do a little JohnTyler10thPOTUSInternet sleuthing … but low and behold it was true.

President John Tyler was born in 1790 and was president of the United States from 1841 to 1845. If you recall American history, you might remember the slogan “Tippecanoe and TylerToo” during 1840 when he was the running mate of William Henry Harrison.

Anyway back to the family tree: With John Tyler’s first wife Letitia, who was the same age, he had eight children. She died during his presidency in 1842. Then in 1844, he remarried a woman who was 30 years younger, Julia Gardiner. With Julia, he had seven more children (the most offspring of any U.S. president). One son was Lyon Gardiner Tyler born in 1853. Lyon, like his father, remarried a younger second wife, after the death of his first wife Anne in 1921, with whom he had three children. His second wife Sue, was 35 years Lyon’s junior, and had three additional children. One son, Harrison Ruffin Tyler who was born in 1928, is therefor the grandson of President John Tyler and is still living as of 2022 and is 94 years old. An amazing bit of human interest of history.


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